Medical education


Since the opening of the Queensland Children’s Hospital in November 2014, Children’s Health Queensland underwent a process of gaining accreditation for training in intern and vocational training posts and programs with the relevant accreditation authorities and specialist colleges, including the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, Australasian College of Emergency Medicine, Royal Australasian College of Surgery and Queensland Prevocational Medical Accreditation.

Medical workforce and education service

Children’s Health Queensland has an integrated Medical Workforce and Education Service to enhance the impact of medical staff and to create a clear career pathway for clinicians.

As a result of this work, there are now defined service definitions, responsibilities and performance expectations, as well as streamlined services to support medical workforce education programs.

Medical student education and training

Clinical placements enable medical students to gain practical experience in preparation for graduate medical practice. Children’s Health Queensland works with The University of Queensland’s School of Medicine and other Queensland universities to provide clinical placements for final-year medical students and for elective placements.

Paediatric palliative care collaboration

Children’s Health Queensland leads education and quality improvements in paediatric palliative care in Queensland and works with partners in New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.

The Quality of Care Collaborative of Australia (QuoCCA), funded by a $2.1 million Department of Health (Commonwealth) grant, increases the capacity of health professionals to provide palliative care for children in their local communities, especially in regional and remote locations.

Vocational training and education

Children’s Health Queensland, via the Queensland Children’s Hospital, is the primary provider of paediatric training in Queensland and plays a key role as part of the Statewide Paediatric Basic Training Network in developing the future paediatric specialist workforce.

We provide vocational training for most specialist college training paths, including general and subspecialty paediatric medicine and surgery, emergency medicine, intensive care, radiology and anaesthetics.

Education program for residents and registrars

In 2016, Children’s Health Queensland launched a formal education program for residents and registrars employing the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) Basic Training Pathway.

Continuing education for GPs

GP training and knowledge sharing is an important part of Children’s Health Queensland’s commitment to delivering the best possible healthcare for children and young people.

Children’s Health Queensland collaborates with GP training networks to provide up to four dedicated rotations per year to support GP trainees in expanding their paediatric knowledge and skills.

Each year, Children’s Health Queensland holds a one-day Paediatric Masterclass for General Practice at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. The masterclass consists of interactive lecture-style presentations and practical skills workshops, with topics covering management of paediatric conditions commonly seen in general practice.

A regular e-newsletter for GPs, Developments, is managed by our GP Liaison Team and provides information on educational events, referral guidelines, updates to clinics and services, as well as articles of interest about the health of children and young people.